The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing

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Commemorating over 300,000 deaths during the 1937 Japanese capture of the then Chinese capital, The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre stands on a former execution and mass burial site. Two marble walls with names of 300,000 victims, halls with photographs of executions, and documents detailing the capture of Nanjing tell the gruesome story of the Japanese Imperial Army's occupation of China. Enter a coffin-shaped display hall to see a mass burial site excavated with numerous bones of victims, and visit a reconstruction of a house ransacked by soldiers. Solemn bronze sculptures and grey stone architecture punctuate gardens with pine and cypress trees. Walk around the 28,000 sq m (302,400 sq ft) grounds, and ring the large bronze bell for peace. Take a look at our Nanjing trip planner to schedule your visit to The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • There was none of the stereotypically abhorrent behaviour seen from any of the mostly Chinese visitors to this most solemn of museums. Expect orderly queues, hushed tones and very civil behaviour from...  more »
  • Chose the time, came to see turned out to be closed from mid-November to early December. If it were not for the Arabic numerals, and they would not have realized anything: information in English not accepted
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  • This is both the saddest place and yet most incredible. Words cannot express how I felt having viewed the horror and inhumanity that occurred. However numbing this was, its equal if not greater experi...  more »
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  • Well preserved history in this place of massacre by invading army. Descriptive and graphical illustration makes it easy to understand the barbaric nature of atrocities by invaders. Usually crowded because lot of people come here to pay homage to deceased ones.
  • Beautiful museum, but bring a hanky. Very sad. It includes history of atrocities from around the world at that time.
  • Amazing memorial and museum! Very well designed and her informative. It was an emotional experience. The exhibit, however, is very long - takes 2-3 hours to get through it all!
  • Very emotional expierience, and very sad. It shows how cruel were the japanese soldiers during the occupation.
  • To be brutally honest, I didn't even know this happened. But even for me it was a quite impressive place to witness.

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You won't find a shortage of accommodations in Nanjing, a modern metropolis long on the radars of domestic and international tourists. Look south of the main railway station, following Central Road, to find the primary districts where visitors stay, with clusters of high-rise hotels--some luxurious and others standard, but all comfortable. A number of smaller boutiques set in formerly residential buildings provide atmospheric, well-maintained, and budget-friendly options. Take a look at the side streets around Central Road for a wealth of hostels and guesthouses.
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